** At maths, His Excellency Excellent ha****rdly excelled, **

**In fact, he was so hopeless at examinations,**

**He promptly got expelled.**

**He couldn’t add up, nor could he multiply,**

**He couldn’t subtract (although he did extra hard try).**

**His Excellency Excellent decided to get a job …**

**But finding one that had no numbers was quite difficult.**

**So he started practising, counting from one to ten,**

**Before his Excellency Excellent knew it, he was back to nought again.**

**His Excellency Excellent even ended up counting in a tent.**

**Dusting around his ancestral home,**

**He counted the pictures and the garden gnomes.**

**Although he spent all day feather – dusting his antique bust,**

**The only thing that seemed to multiply was the dust !**

** 1. His Excellency Excellent had 300 great masterpieces in his hall. If he spent 30 minutes cleaning each one (only dusting for 4 hours per day), how many days did it take to dust all of them ?**

** 2. His Excellency Excellent noticed that 0.2 cm of dust fell each day on the antiques in his ancestral home. How long did it take the dust to become 2 cm thick ?**

** 3. His Excellency Excellent noticed that only 90% of the bulbs in the 200 candleabra lights were working. How many were not ?**

** 4. When His Excellency Excellent shook the kitchen rug, out fell one hundred bugs ! 45% of them fell onto the table, 0.2 onto the floor and the rest onto the settee. How many of each is that in each place ?**

** 5. In his slippers, His Excellency Excellent slid straight down the hall at a speed of 10 m / minute. How long did it take him to reach the other side of the corridor, 800 m away ?**

** 6. His Excellency Excellent had 500 champagne glasses for a royal banquet. If one glass could hold 50 mls and a bottle contained 3 litres,****a) how much champagne did he need ?b) how many bottles ?**

** 7. His Excellency Excellent had 150 garden gnomes, one third of which had fallen over on the path.a) how many were upright ?**** ****b) how many had fallen over ?**

** 8. There were 50 feathers in His Excellency Excellent’s feather duster, but one fifth fell out – how many were left ?**

** 9. His Excellency Excellent had a crown with 2000 jewels, but 20% fell out. How many needed glue ?**

** 10. His Excellency Excellent had a tea – party and invited the Queen of Hearts. She brought a plate of 150 tarts, but slipped and 10% fell off the plate – how many were left ?**

** 11. His Excellency Excellent had a magnificent garden with 600 flowers, but one third died – how many were left ?**

** 12. His Excellency Excellent had a wild goose that laid 10 golden eggs every day. If one egg weighed 5 grams, how much did all 10 weigh ?**

** 13. His Excellency Excellent bought a saphire ring which cost £2 059. How much change did he receive from £3 000 ?**

** 14. His Excellency Excellent had an orchestra that played concerts in the Great Hall. 3 of the 100 musicians didn’t turn up – what fraction, decimal and percentage is this ?**

** 15. His Excellency Excellent had a royal coach with 10 magnificent horses. Each horse ate 3 bucketfuls of food. If one bucket contained 3 litres,**

**a) how much did one horse eat ?**

**b) how much did all the horses eat in one day ?**

**c) how much did all the horses eat in one week ? **

**HRH **

**How many words can you think of that include the letters HRH – Example “church”. **

HRH

**© Jacqueline Richards 2007** **Answers :**

**1/ 300 x 0.5 = 150 / 4 = 37.5 days**

**2/ 2 / 0.2 = 10 days; **

**3/ 200 – (200 / 100 x 90 = 180) = 20**

**4/ table – 45; floor – 20; seteee – 35; **

**5/ 800 / 10 = 80 mins; **

**6/ 500 x 50 = 25 000 mls b) 25 000 / 1000 = 25 litres / 3 = 8.33 bottles; **

**7/ a) 150 / 3 = 50 x 2 = 100 b) 50; **

**8/ 50 – (50 / 5) = 40; **

**9/ 2000 – (2000 / 100 x 20) = 400 = 1600; **

**10/ 150 – (150 / 100 x 10 = 15) 135; **

**11/ 600 – (600 / 3) = 400; **

**12/ 10 x 5 = 50 g; **

**13/ 3000 – 2059 = £941; **

**14/ 3 / 100 ; 0.03; 3 %; **

**15/ a) 3 x 3 = 9 l; b) 3 x 3 x 10 = 90 l; c) 90 x 7 = 630 **